Public Health New Mexico
Mon November 18, 2013
Judge To Hear Behavioral Health Audit Lawsuits This Week
The audit that led the Martinez administration to freeze Medicaid funding for more than a dozen behavioral health non-profits in New Mexico is at the center of a hearing Tuesday in Santa Fe.
The Foundation for Open Government sued state government after state officials released a heavily redacted audit to media. FOG attorneys claim the report is “too important to the citizens of New Mexico to be kept form public view.” The open government group asked in its lawsuit for for the audit to be released in its entirety.
They also maintain, along with attorneys for media firms New Mexico In Depth and the Las Cruces Sun-News, that if the document is a law enforcement record, the state attorney general must show how its release would jeopardize his investigation into the matter.
The lawsuit filed by New Mexico In Depth will be heard in district court in Las Cruces on Thursday.